Today while speaking with my family in Canada I was reminded about how far removed I am from them! It is on holidays like this Easter weekend that I miss them the most. It’s those family gatherings where they are all together for dinner, with everyone trying to help out and probably causing more problems than necessary. The laughter, the catch ups and even the disagreements to some extent, are the really good things about family!
I was reminded about this today as I called my mom and dad’s house as the family was meeting for dinner. It’s great to be able to catch up with family even by phone, speaking with my nephew Chris and hear about his year at Uni and about his plans for a full time job for the summer. To speak with my neice Lea to find out that she has been accepted at all 5 Universities that she has applied for (trying to figure out where she gets her brains from!) and hearing that she broke her finger playing basketball (no one told me about that). To speak with my sister Cindy and hear how she has started her own Uni course on line and how she has interviews over the coming week. It was great to speak with my aunt Rheta and hear about how my uncle isn’t well right now and how cold it is in Toronto. My “adopted” sister Carolyn about how crazy life is right now with her work, my parents about what has been going on in their life over the last couple of weeks, with dad telling me the doctor says he will live to 100! It is the little things that I miss from the everyday life that we lead. After 30 mins with the phone pressed to my ear so that I could hear over the ever building noise in the background I really started to feel homesick.
This doesn’t happen very often, but it is always around holiday time, no matter what that holiday. When we are all together as a family we take for granted those little things in life, those mundane everyday things that happen to us, like Lea’s broken finger. Family is so prescious and we should never forget that.
Now that this Easter Weekend is coming to an end, think about what is important to you and what you are thankful for. For me my family is at the top of both of those lists. I am so thankful for the fact that I have a loving, supportive, albeit sometimes crazy family and they are the most important thing in my life to me. I may not get to see them very often but not a day goes by that I’m not thinking of them. I count my blessings for the amount of richness and beauty they bring into my life!
To quote author Mariane Williamson “Family…a group experience of love and support”. Thank you my family for all the love and support you have given me, Happy Easter!